The giant tyrolean zip wire is situated in the ski resort of Orcieres in the Southern French Alps.

It is the longest and fastest giant tyrolean zip wire in Europe and is the only one open in the winter season!

Travel at up to 130km per hour, head first through the Southern French Alps! An extreme adrenalin buzz - not for the faint hearted!

It is 1.9km and stretches from the top of a mountain down to a high altitude lake - don't worry you don't finish in the lake!

To get to the start you need to take two cable car ski lifts up to the top of the mountain. Then you are strapped into a specially adapted harness and off you go.

The views are incredible on your way down but you probably won't have much time to take them in - the whole descent only takes 1 minute and 10 seconds!! But don't worry, you are rewarded for your courage with spectacular alpine scenery when you arrive!

The tyrolean is a major engineering success and it has taken nearly 10 years of design, trials and safety tests to bring it to fruition. It has been thoroughly tested and is regularly inspected by the French authorities for safety and security.

Practical information:

The tyrolean is only open when the ski lifts operate as you need to get the lifts up to the top. In summer, you will need to walk back down to the resort at the end of the tyrolean so need to allow a good 1 - 2 hours for the whole activity.

In winter you can only get back down from the tyrolean via the pistes so ideally need to be on skis or a snowboard. Snowshoers are sometimes allowed when it is not too busy on the pistes. As such you ideally need to combine the tyrolean with a day on the pistes!